So it’s not a regular 15.6″ laptop you want? You’re after something bigger I see. Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7230 might be a candidate, with its large 17 inches display good especially for entertainment use. Screen size alone shouldn’t be the only deciding factor, so let me introduce you other features you might find useful in this laptop.
Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7230 contains AMD’s A6-6310 accelerated processing unit. It’s CPU and graphics engine together, with the CPU part clocking up to 2.4GHz with turbo boost and the core amount being four. It can be compared to Intel Core i3 processors performance-wise, and there should be enough oomph for most activities including web surfing, Netflix and even some heavier stuff, given that you don’t do it every day.
The laptop has 6GB memory installed on one 2GB and one 4GB chip. Both slots on the motherboard are occupied, but if you remove the old chip(s), you can increase the memory amount up to 16 gigabytes on this computer.
The storage drive is 750GB in size, considerably bigger than a basic 500GB hard drive often available in budget laptops. I can’t however praise the speed since it’s just 5400RPM. You won’t get the fast user experience you would with solid-state drives, but of course the storage space is plenty on this one.
Graphics and screen
Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7230 has a large display, measuring at 17.3 inches. Typical laptop size is 15.6″. But even though it’s big I wouldn’t expect particularly good quality from the screen: displays are one of the first things manufacturers skimp on with budget laptops. The resolution is also just 1600×900 while a great screen would be 1920×1080, also known as Full HD.
The graphics unit Radeon R4 (Beema) is located in the processor, so it’s an integrated one. And integrated graphics engines can only take you so far. According to professional benchmarks, its performance is similar to Intel HD 4000 or 4200. Many new games would run a bit laggy, for example Battlefield 4 should get just playable 25-30 frame rates on low settings. Minecraft and other simple or old titles would however do much better.
Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7230 has ports for three USB peripherals with its one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 connections. For external displays, you can choose between legacy RGB (VGA) and newer HDMI outputs.
Communications include a 10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45) port and a 802.11b/g/n WiFi adapter. Bluetooth is not listed as built-in, but of course you can use a USB dongle to get support for that.
There’s a SuperMulti optical drive installed, so everything you could do with a CD/DVD drive is possible. Also SD & MMC card reader is available which is good for digital cameras and other smaller devices.
The laptop enjoys a HD webcam and microphone, so having video calls should be convenient.
Other noteworthy things
Obviously, a large laptop suffers from bad portability. Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7230 weighs 5.9 pounds which isn’t much more than a 15.6 incher, but the 17.3″ screen size also takes its toll. There’s a 6-cell battery powering the laptop, and I would say it allows for ~4 hours use with a single charge.
The keyboard is basic, so it doesn’t feature backlight. Numeric keypad is installed on the right hand side, but as you can see from the product images it also moves the keyboard and trackpad to left.
Windows 8.1 (64-bit) is pre-installed on this laptop, so are a bunch of third party software and Toshiba utilities. This bloatware might make the computer a bit slower than it really is, so if you’re affected, just uninstall those programs.
Summing it up
Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7230 is a typical budget laptop with a large screen. Its geared towards some lighter multimedia use, like movie watching, for which the display and components are adequate. Some games can also be played, but mainly older ones with reduced settings. There’s nothing truly bad about this Toshiba, it’s just not a real powerhouse. But for this price I can certainly recommend it as long as you don’t expect the computer to work like a fancy thousands dollars laptop.